Dec 22, 2012 — On subjects familiar (Beethoven's Fifth) and obscure (notoriously tight-lipped cult artists), our favorite writing about music dove deep and showed us new ways to love the sounds in our lives.
Nov 27, 2012 — In fiction, Paula McLain explores Hemingway's first marriage, while Anita Desai re-examines modern India. In nonfiction, Joseph Epstein defends gossip, Rosamond Bernier remembers midcentury Paris, and Stuart Isacoff lauds the piano.
Apr 19, 2012 — In A Natural Woman, Carole King chronicles her life as a legendary songwriter. It debuts at No. 10.
Apr 11, 2012 — Carole King wrote songs for others before becoming a performer and writing for herself. In her new memoir, A Natural Woman, she details the stories behind some of her most famous songs and her relationships with songwriters like James Taylor, Gerry Goffin and Paul Simon.
Apr 10, 2012 — Singer-songwriter Carole King started young: She was just 15 when she founded a doo-wop group with her classmates. The act never took off, but King eventually became one of the biggest-selling artists of all time. She tells the story of her career so far in a new memoir, A Natural Woman.
Nov 11, 2011 — In a new book, pianist, composer and author Stuart Isacoff proposes an aural taxonomy of pianists.
Nov 9, 2011 — It's all about fiction this week with a stunning magical realist debut from the young Tea Obreht, a fantastical family fable from Walter Mosley, Matt Rees' conspiracy-laden historical drama about Mozart's sister, and a haunting novel of colonialism gone awry by Swedish author Henning Mankell.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Loser by Thomas Bernhard, Jack Dawson, and Mark M. Anderson. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Sep 12, 2009 — Zhanna Arshanskaya Dawson survived the Holocaust by playing piano for German soldiers. Sixty years later, her son shares her incredible story with the world in his new book, Hiding in the Spotlight.
Jun 11, 2009 — Your reading this summer may involve brushing the sand off page five — or firing up your Kindle. However you do it, we have some reading suggestions for you, straight from independent booksellers around the country.